Kentucky education officials are adding a requirement to school health screenings to combat growing childhood obesity problems. The Board of Education recently approved a proposal requiring schools to record a child's body mass index, the relation of body fat to height and weight. Pediatricians say early intervention can prevent life-threatening adult conditions like Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. The proposal also eliminates a decades-long practice of checking middle-school students for signs of the spine condition scoliosis. Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross says school administrators have indicated there are more critical issues school nurses can address.
BMI Added to School Health Screenings
By Drew Adams • Feb 10, 2012